County Attorney Recommends Against County Action On Medical Pot Permitting And Licensing

FLORENCE – Today, Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles sent a letter to the Chairman, Members of the Pinal County Board of Supervisors, and County Manager recommending against county employees accepting, processing or issuing permits or licenses for dispensaries or cultivation sites within Pinal County to eliminate the risk of federal criminal prosecution.

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Jeff Serdy On KFNX 1100AM On The Dial – Sat. 04/20/13 12:00 to 2:00 PM

I received the following from Jeff Serdy, Apache Junction City Councilman and Owner of AJI Sporting Goods:

Just a heads up if anyone wants to listen Saturday the 20th from 12:00 to 2:00 on 1100 KfNX AM. Congressman Gosar will phone in @ 1:00 and I’ll ask him his opinion on our recent victories in the Senate against gun control and about the hypocrisy of the Obamas spending our money on their wasteful trips and lobbying.

If you can’t tune him in on the radio, you can listen on the Internet by clicking on this link:

Pinal County Board of Supervisors Supports San Carlos Apache Tribe New Gaming Facility

SAN CARLOS, ARIZ., APRIL 18, 2013 — /PRNewswire/ — On April 10, 2013, the Pinal County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a “Resolution of Support for the San Carlos Apache Tribe casino to be built in eastern Pinal County on Tribal land.”

“We see this as an economic benefit to the San Carlos Apache Tribe and to the community of Dudleyville,” said Pete Rios, District 1 Pinal County Supervisor.  “I have been a longtime supporter of gaming on Indian lands and am pleased to say that Tribal gaming has proven to be an excellent economic engine for Tribes and for all of Arizona.”

The new casino is the second facility for the San Carlos Apache Tribe.  Apache Gold Casino Resort is located on Highway 70, five miles east of Globe, Arizona.  The new casino is planned to open in 2014 in a temporary structure that will house up to 400 slot machines, 10 to 12 table games, a small lounge and a restaurant.  The new casino location is just east of Highway 77 at milepost 127 between Mammoth and Dudleyville.  The site is on the southwestern boundary of the San Carlos Apache Reservation.  Ultimately, the Tribe plans to construct a permanent full service resort that will include hotel and convention space.


A Man Whose Time Has Passed

Normally, I try to limit this blog to matters of concern in Pinal County.  While the following article certainly applies to residents of Pinal County, it applies to the rest of the country too.  We are living in times where our rights and values are being quickly and powerfully eroded.  The people we have elected to represent us should, above all, be aware of this and should be aware of what steps they can take to fulfill their oath to protect and support our country’s Constitution.  If they have lost, or no longer understand this cognizance, it is time for them to step aside and let another pursue those ends.  -Editor


Sen. John McCain (R-Sunday Shows) expressed bewilderment on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that GOP Sens. Cruz, Lee and Paul would filibuster gun control legislation. “I don’t understand it,” McCain said. “The purpose of the United States Senate is to debate and to vote and to let the people know where we stand.” With all due respect to Sen. McCain, that is almost completely backward.

The purpose of the US Senate is not to be some federal debating society. It is not tasked with taking the great issues of the day and giving its “august” members a platform for their musings on policy. The public does not look to the Senate for guidance in its deliberations on the issues.

The Senate’s first, and only, task is to uphold the Constitution. Originally, the Senate was designed to act as the states’ check on an encroaching federal government. Senators were appointed by state legislatures to be their voice in Washington. The House was designed to be the voice of the people. Sadly, those days are long gone.

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15 search and rescue ops in 2 weeks in Pinal County

PINAL COUNTY – Search and rescue crews have been busy over the past two weeks, conducting 15 separate missions in the past two weeks alone.

With warmer temperatures and wildflowers blooming in the desert, the Superstition wilderness is calling many a hiker but some are venturing out and then getting into trouble.

“The Pinal County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team already has had a record year for the number of calls for service related to lost hikers. Individuals are encouraged to enjoy the great outdoors and the beautiful hiking trails of the Superstition Mountains but they need to be prepared and monitor the weather before starting their adventure,” says Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu.

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Superstitions 9.12 Tea Party Patriots Weekly Meeting 03-28-13

SuperTThe Superstition 912 Tea Party ( met for their regular weekly meeting on Thursday night at the Feedbag Restaurant in Apache Junction.  The meeting started at 6:30 pm with Prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance.  Judy advised Secretary Kelly Caplette has been ill and then thanked Charlie Fox for some excellent political discourse this week, reminding everyone that free debate is the heart of our political system.  Beth Hallgren announced District 5 was looking for more Precinct Committeemen, sparking a short debate on the value of being a Political Committeeman.  She also mentioned copies of the Resolution opposing Governor Brewers move towards Obamacare were available and reminded everyone that the Lincoln Luncheon is coming soon and to reserve tickets now.  City Council elections were discussed including how to reach the electorate, the best ways to support candidates and the rash of political sign vandalism and theft.

Todd House, Pinal County District 5 Supervisor, recapped the Board of Supervisors meeting held Wednesday.  The first request for approval of a Special Use Permit to operate a medical marijuana clinic in Pinal County was denied primarily due to a poor choice of location and insufficient efforts by the applicants to gather public input before.  An emergency meeting of CAG was called Tuesday night; a unanimous resolution was passed in support of the Resolution Copper Project.  Lando Voyles requested to adjust positions in his department, allocating raises to some and eliminating others.  In keeping with the Board’s goal of empowering elected officials and promoting an atmosphere that rewards superior work, the request was passed.  Todd announced he would be the featured speaker at the Open Space Forum in Gold Canyon on March 30.  Other topics of note were the anticipated economic effects of completing the Resolution Copper and Red Rock Classification yard projects, a possible open position on the County Merit Board, options to deal with the fact that the County Jail is hemorrhaging approximately $60,000 a week, and the economic potential of the Pinal County Air Park.

Before introducing the next speaker, Judy mentioned that Colt Firearms is looking to move out of Connecticut where they’ve been based for over one hundred years due the repressive nature of the gun laws being passed in the state.  A major manufacturer of ammunition is taking similar action in Colorado.  Judy also asked everyone to contact Andy Tobin, Speaker of the Arizona House, about releasing an Anti-Agenda 21 bill he’s been holding up in committee.

Guest speaker, Bill Bish, who was going to speak on the Constitution, was unable to attend due to a last minute conflict.  He asked contact Charlie Fox who, as always, rose to the occasion with a lesson on the Northwest Ordinance.  Originally passed in 1787 by the Congress of the Confederation of the United States, it was reconfirmed two years later by the newly created US Congress and it was signed by President Washington in 1789.  It created the Northwest Territory, the first organized territory of the United States, from lands south of the Great Lakes, north and west of the Ohio River, and east of the Mississippi River and addressed the multitude of issues surrounding how to bring this area into the Union.

Because the Ordinance was designed to be a blueprint of essential principals needed to maintain the country’s character and political order as it grew, it embraced many of the political ideas of the time including some expressed in the Founding Documents that followed it.  Charlie focused on a few significant parts of the Ordinance in this lecture staring with the Establishment of Natural Rights for the people living in the territory which reflected many of the state bills of rights and foreshadowed the Federal Bill of Rights.   He highlighted Article 3 where the need for religion, morality and knowledge were said to be essential to good government and the happiness of mankind and pointed out that the Ordinance also included a Prohibition of Slavery in the new territories.  The Founders could not completely reject the cancer of slavery without losing the Southern States which were essential for the survival of the fledgling Union.  But they could and did take steps to restrict and limit slavery and prohibiting it in the new territories and states was one significant way to do so.  It wasn’t a perfect solution as it still allowed owners to reclaim refugees who fled to the new territories but the argument regarding whether to allow or recognize slavery in the territories and new States of the Union would continue until the Civil War finally excised slavery in a river of blood and the Thirteenth Amendment eliminated slavery in the Union forever.   Charlie concluded with the sober observation that a second Civil War would certainly be bloodier than the first, and if it comes to be necessary, the longer it’s delayed, the worse it will be.

Judy and Beth both mentioned Doug Coleman would be speaking in Florence on April 1st in support of Common Core.  ACE (AZ Conservative Educators) will be at the location to protest the program . – PLH

Superstitions 9.12 Tea Party Patriots supports limited federal government with adherence to the Constitution, individual freedom and responsibility, free markets and returning political power to the states and the people. Everyone is welcome to come, listen and participate. If you would like to know more, please leave a message to be contacted.


Board of Supervisors Approves Recorder’s Money-Saving Reorganization


FLORENCE –The Pinal County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved County Recorder Virginia Ross’ plan to reorganize the Recorder’s office to further streamline voter registration and elections operations.

The biggest change will be hiring of an Elections Technology Manager to replace the previous Elections Director, who resigned to take another job in Pinal County government. The reorganization plan saves the county over $39,000.

County Recorder Ross stated, “I’m very pleased that the board joined me in supporting these changes. We have a duty to carefully manage our taxpayers’ dollars. This reorganization allows us to streamline the department while maintaining a high level of customer service.”

The Pinal County Board of Supervisors recently authorized the move of the Elections Department from the County Manager’s reporting structure to the County Recorder.

The Recorder’s office is responsible for keeping safe and accurate documentation of deeds, liens and other official documents pertaining to properties, contracts and more. In addition, the County Recorder maintains accurate voter registration data and is responsible for all aspects of an election.

The Pinal County Recorder’s Office is headquartered in Florence with service locations in Apache Junction and Casa Grande.

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